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What Led to Political Analyst Mark Shields’ Passing at 85?

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American political columnist and television commentator Mark Shields’ cause of death is still a secret but his passing has been confirmed by Gavid Bledsoe, through an online post.

“I am heartbroken to share this..the @NewsHour‘s beloved long-time Friday night analyst Mark Shields, who for decades wowed us with his encyclopedic knowledge of American politics, his sense of humor and mainly his big heart, has passed away at 85, with his wife Anne at his side.” he tweeted.

Mark Stephen Shields was born May 25, 1937, in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He worked as leadership for many Democratic candidates’ election campaigns.

Political Analyst Mark Shields' Passing at 85

From 1988 to 2020 he provided weekly political analysis and commentary for the PBS NewsHour. His on-screen companion from 2001 to 2020 was David Brooks of The New York Times.

His previous counterparts were the late William Safire, David Gergen, and Paul Gigot of the Wall Street Journal. Mark was also a panelist on Inside Washington, a weekly public affairs show that was seen on both ABC and PBS until it ceased production in December 2013.

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What was Mark Shields’ Cause of Death at 85?

American political commentator, Mark Shields’ cause of death has not been revealed at this time. He passed away on June 18, 2022, with his wife Anne at his side.

In the early 1960s, Mark was an enlisted man in the United States Marine Corps in Florida. Shields was a lance corporal before he was discharged in 1962.

He moved to Washington in 1965, where he became an aide to Wisconsin Senator William Proxmire. Mark worked for Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1968.

American political commentator, Mark Shields' cause of death has not been revealed at this time.

Shields held leadership positions in the presidential campaigns of Morris Udall and Edmund Muskie and was political director for diplomat Sargent Shriver when he ran for vice president on the Democratic ticket in 1972.

Mark helped manage state and local campaigns for over more than a decade in some 38 states, including incumbent Boston, Mayor Kevin White’s successful re-election campaign in 1975.

He became an editorial writer for The Washington Post in 1979. The same year, Shields began writing a column that is now distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate.

Shields covered 12 presidential campaigns and also attended 24 national party conventions. He was a regular political commentator on the PBS NewsHour.

Anchorwoman Judy Woodruff announced in the December 2020 edition of the NewsHour that Mark would be leaving the show as a regular analyst after its December 18 edition.

During his last regular appearance on December 18, Judy Woodruff said that Mark would remain an occasional contributor to the NewsHour during political news and events.

He tied the knot with Anne Hudson Shields, who served as a lawyer and former civil service official at the United States Department of the Interior.

They had a daughter, Amy, and two grandchildren. Mark was a registered Democrat and lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland until his passing.

Jonathan Capehart wrote: “Mark Shields was a giant. A gentleman who put our complex world into context. A believer in the promise of America and in his fellow Americans who strived to live out its promise. To follow in the path he blazed at @pbsnewshour is an honor. RIP, Mr. Shields.”

“God speed Mark Shields. Nice man. Forever a believer in America’s promise. Watched ‘Capital Gang’ with Dad most every Saturday after college football games. May the luck of the Irish enfold you,” Luke Russert tweeted.

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